Social Media and Blogging for educators

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Siyavula supports communities of educators working together in South Africa. One way in which we believe this could be better achieved is through blogging and social media. We have recently run workshops in Johannesburg and Cape Town for educators to show them how to use these tools to connect and support other educators.

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Social Media and Blogging for educators

  1. 1. Contexts abound ... http://www.flickr.com/photos/khym54/600539107/
  2. 2. All are challenging ... http://www.parklands.co.za/photo-gallery
  3. 3. Technologys Promise http://www.flickr.com/photos/dolescum/2503834924/
  4. 4. Collaboration Sharing is fundamental to teaching
  5. 5. Effective Sharing Open everything ... o p e n p r o c e s s e s – iterative, transparent and collaborativeo p e n c o p y r i g h t l i c e n c e s – freedom to distribute, adapt and enhance o p e n s t a n d a r d s – formats that enable the freedomso p e n s o u r c e s o f t w a r e – freedom distribute, adapt and enhance
  6. 6. Cape Town Open Education DeclarationRequiredreading ...
  7. 7. Our Work Increase the library of openly shared resources (OERs)
  8. 8. Our Work Identify innovative and engaging ways of delivering curriculum
  9. 9. Our Work Support communities and conduct professional development
  10. 10. A simple introduction to:Social Media and Blogs
  11. 11. Rule 1:Dont Panic
  12. 12. Rule 1: ! lyDont Panic s u o ri e S
  13. 13. Too old?
  14. 14. Too much, too fast?
  15. 15. The internet is a dangerous place?
  16. 16. Too old?
  17. 17. Too old? Raymond Chandler started writing in his early 40s after losing his job as an oil-industry executive during the great depression. His first novel The Big Sleep was published in 1939. He was 51.http://www.newscientist.com/gallery/dn21559-middle-age
  18. 18. Too old? The average age at which Nobel laureates make their prizewinning breakthroughs was recently found to be 48. Harry Kroto, who won the chemistry prize in 1996, made his when he was 46.http://www.newscientist.com/gallery/dn21559-middle-age
  19. 19. Too old? Philosopher Mary Midgley had brought up three children and worked as a lecturer in provincial British universities for more than 20 years when she published her first book at the age of 56. Later she remarked: "I wrote no books until I was a good 50, and Im jolly glad because I didnt know what I thought before then." Her most recent book, The Solitary Self: Darwin and the selfish gene, was published in 2010, when Midgley was 91.http://www.newscientist.com/gallery/dn21559-middle-age
  20. 20. Too old? Ultramarathon runner Marco Olmo started running in his 20s but didnt win his first big title until he was 50. In 2006, aged 58, he won the 166- kilometre Ultra-Trail du Mont- Blanc – considered one of the worlds toughest races – and proved it wasnt a fluke by winning again the next year.http://www.newscientist.com/gallery/dn21559-middle-age
  21. 21. Too much, too fast?
  22. 22. ~ 200+ million tweets perday~ 3 million posts per day~ 7000+ photos per minute~ 48 hours of video uploadedevery minute
  23. 23. The internet is a dangerous place?
  24. 24. Anonymity InvisibilityStop/start communication Voices in your head Imaginary world No police
  25. 25. Technology & Community & Openness Dan Meyer writer, speaker, learner, worker, go-getter
  26. 26. Technology & Community & Openness Dan Meyer writer, speaker, learner, worker, go-getter
  27. 27. Technology & Community & Openness Dan Meyer writer, speaker, learner, worker, go-getterBut blogging was the cheapest, most risk-free investment I couldhave made of my personal time into my job. You start by writing downthings that are interesting to you, practices you don’t want to forget.And then you start trying new things just so you can blog about themlater, picking them apart, and dialoging over them with strangers.Periods of stagnancy in your blogging start to correspond to periodsof stagnancy in your teaching. You start to muse on your job whenyou’re stuck in traffic, in line for groceries, that sort of thing. That
  28. 28. Siyavula Badges
  29. 29. A simple introduction to:Social Media and Blogs
  30. 30. Create a gmail account (if you dont have one)Create a Twitter account (if you dont have one) Follow: Participants Educators Wildcards
  31. 31. www.gmail.com 1 2 3 ?
  32. 32. Passwords Long – take a phrase and concatenate itComplicated – mix CaSe, numb3rs, characters! Write them DOWN!Better to write down a hard password than make an easy one ...
  33. 33. www.twitter.com2 1
  34. 34. Follow the tutorial 12 ddmeyer PsyBlog timoreilly alexmolteno siyavula 3
  35. 35. Follow the tutorial 12 ddmeyer PsyBlog timoreilly ? ? 3
  36. 36. Our Work Support communities and conduct professional development
  37. 37. Siyavula Badges
  38. 38. Laying the Foundation for Significant Change 
  39. 39. Our Work Increase the library of openly shared resources (OERs)
  40. 40. www.siyavula.com
  41. 41. Curriculum-alignedCollaboratively authoredOpenly-licensedFor ALL learners
  42. 42. Citizen Cyberscience!
  43. 43. Citizen Cyberscience!
  44. 44. Local Interest
  45. 45. www.siyavula.com

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